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Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
4:30-7:30 p.m.

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Formed in late 2011, the Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC) seeks to expand, strengthen, and maintain a resilient and local food system in Franklin County and the surrounding area.The Council meets every other month; meetings are open to the public and all are welcome!

MORPC Headquarters
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Franklin County Local Food Council /

 

Midwest Native Plant Conference

Dayton, OH 

Friday, July 24, 2015 through Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Featured keynote speakers include Kenn Kaufman, author, artist, naturalist and conservationist, known for his work on several popular field guides of birds and butterflies. Professor Don Leopold, Forest Ecologist, John Magee, landscape architect, and Hal Mann, master gardener and President of Wild Ones Oaks Openings Chapter will also be speaking.

The event also features engaging and informative breakout sessions and field trips on Saturday, evening programs on Friday and Saturday followed by "Sights and Sounds of the Night" walks. On Sunday, there will be field trips to some of the most diverse and interesting places around the state.

Bergamo Center
Dayton, OH

Contact:
Kathy / (937) 477-1131 /

http://www.midwestnativeplants.org

 

Adult Farm Camp

Delaware, OH 

Saturday, July 25, 2015 through Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Why should the kids have all the fun? Now it's your turn to experience life on a small diversified farm. Arrive Saturday morning with a packed lunch, ready for animal chores. Spend the day in step with the farmer learning the ropes. Better appreciate the connection between nature and food production as you spend time alone in the forest. Working together we will prepare a homegrown dinner and breakfast. Bring your tent; sleep under the stars or in the hay loft and wake with the rooster. $100/person.

Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH

Contact:
Stratford Ecological Center / 740-363-2548 /

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org

 

Beekeeping Webinar: Royal Jelly and Queen Development: A Chemical Perspective

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
9-10 a.m.

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Part of a free, monthly webinar series. Registration is not required. Access the live or recorded session on your computer, smart phone, or iPad. All webinars are recorded and archived at http://u.osu.edu/beelab/.

This session features Thom Janini, The Ohio State University.


Contact:
Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension /

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/

 

Restoration Agriculture Design Course with Mark Shepard

Minerva, OH 

Friday, September 4, 2015 through Sunday, September 6, 2015

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This is the third and final of the 3-part Design Certification Course in Restoration Agriculture at Creekview Ridge Farm.

Spend three days with Mark Shepard, author and owner of New Forest Farm in southwestern Wisconsin to learn the theory and practice of Restoration Agriculture - the intentional restoration of healthy, functional ecosystems, integrating perennial crops and livestock to produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel while restoring critical ecosystem services.

Building on the basic elements of Permaculture design, our certified curriculum is expanded to cover the design, development, and management of farm-scale agricultural ecosystems.

This third course will review the layout, final design and initial installation of the Key Line water management system. We will focus on the planting of our selected trees and installing secondary systems. This will be an intensively hands-on weekend!

Course Highlights:
• Keyline design, layout and installation review
• On-farm tree propagation methods
• Integrated multi-species grazing, fencing options
• Tool and equipment options, hands-on demonstrations
• Tree-planting methods
• Making the Restoration Agriculture Farm profitable.

Course meals prepared with local farm-raised meats and veggies!

Creekview Ridge Farm is a diversified family farm located in the northeast Ohio hill country, owned and stewarded by Kip Gardner, his wife Beth and daughter Hannah. Kip is a former agricultural scientist and currently teaches environmental science at a local 2-year college. They farm a total of 25 acres, focusing on fruits, seasonal vegetables, hay and small livestock. The farm is an intriguing mix of fields, hillside pasture, woodlands, streams, a pond and wetlands that present many design possibilities. Founded around 1870, there are 2 farmhouses and a bank barn dating to about 1880-1900. The Gardners farm using 2 high tunnels, one purchased in 2012 with the help of a USDA EQIP grant.

The cost of the Part 2 course is $325.00 per person. Co-register with someone else and you will each receive a $25.00 registration discount!

Early registration is recommended - the course is limited to 40 participants.

There will be a limited amount of camping (10 - 15 tent spaces) available at the farm. We also have basic indoor accommodations (beds) for 5-6 people in our unrenovated farmhouse. The public parts of the main farmhouse will be open all weekend for free time visiting, networking, cleaning up, etc. There are a several affordable motels within easy driving distance of Minerva.

Creekview Ridge Farm
Minerva, OH

Contact:
Kip Gardner / 330-265-5992 /

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/permaculture-design-restoration-agriculture-certification-courses-with-

 

Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
4:30-7:30 p.m.

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Formed in late 2011, the Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC) seeks to expand, strengthen, and maintain a resilient and local food system in Franklin County and the surrounding area.The Council meets every other month; meetings are open to the public and all are welcome!

MORPC Headquarters
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Franklin County Local Food Council /

 

Beekeeping Webinar: What "Newbees" Need to Know

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
9-10 a.m.

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Part of a free, monthly webinar series. Registration is not required. Access the live or recorded session on your computer, smart phone, or iPad. All webinars are recorded and archived at http://u.osu.edu/beelab/.

This session features Alex Zomchek, Master Beekeeping Instructor.


Contact:
Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension /

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/

 

Beekeeping Webinar: Honey Bee Foraging in Ohio's Landscapes

Free online webinar 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
9-10 a.m.

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Part of a free, monthly webinar series. Registration is not required. Access the live or recorded session on your computer, smart phone, or iPad. All webinars are recorded and archived at http://u.osu.edu/beelab/.

This session features Doug Sponsler, The Ohio State University.


Contact:
Denise Ellsworth, OSU Extension /

http://u.osu.edu/beelab/

 

Solar Electric Workshops

Wooster, OH 

Monday, October 12, 2015 through Friday, October 16, 2015
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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With prices for photovoltaic (PV) systems falling and demand exploding, solar energy is becoming economical for nearly every home or farm. If you have ever wanted to make your farm energy independent, take your homestead off the grid, or start your own business installing PV systems, now is a great time!

Join OEFFA and Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station for a five-day training course where you will learn how to design and install PV systems. The course will be equally divided between lectures and hands-on labs. You will learn with a working PV system, dismantling and reinstalling it, troubleshooting, and testing its proper operation. You will also learn how to integrate a working wind turbine into the PV system. At the end of the week, you will have the opportunity to sit for an internationally recognized certification Level 1 examination offered by the Electronic Technicians Association (ETA), which allows you to receive a respected industry credential demonstrating your knowledge.

Cost: $930 for OEFFA members, $970 for non-members. The cost includes ETA fees, an installation toolkit, and a course workbook. Lunch is provided on each class day. Contact OEFFA if you would like to discuss installment options. All attendees must be paid in full by the beginning of their first class.

Registration: Registration is limited to 10 students. Register online at www.oeffa.org by Wednesday, October 7 for the Wooster workshop.

Local Roots
140 S. Walnut St., Wooster, OH

Contact:
Milo Petruziello / (614) 421-2022 /

http://www.bluerockstation.com/workshops/pv-certification-solar-electric-workshops

 

Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting

Columbus, OH 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
4:30-7:30 p.m.

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Formed in late 2011, the Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC) seeks to expand, strengthen, and maintain a resilient and local food system in Franklin County and the surrounding area.The Council meets every other month; meetings are open to the public and all are welcome!

MORPC Headquarters
Columbus, OH

Contact:
Franklin County Local Food Council /

 

First Friday Hops Tours

Wooster and Piketon, OH 

Friday, January 2, 2015 through Friday, December 4, 2015
10am-12pm

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The new, innovative Ohio hops research program offered by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is offering free monthly tours of its hops fields in Wooster and Piketon, where specialists are studying new production and management techniques.

The free tours are designed to be mini-workshops to provide basic information on getting started in hops production and what resources are available for growers. The tours will feature basic information on the ins and outs of hops production, including trellis construction, drip irrigation and evaluation of different varieties of hops. The tours are offered by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, which are the outreach and research arms of the college.

The Wooster tours are hosted by Mary Gardiner, an Ohio State entomologist, and led by Chelsea Smith, an Ohio State entomology research assistant. The South Centers tours are hosted by Brad Bergefurd and assisted by Thom Harker, an Ohio State horticulture research assistant.
Topics to be discussed during the tours include:
• Hop yard construction
• Establishment cost
• Bine training
• Irrigation
• Variety selection
• Fertilization

The deadline to register is the Wednesday before the first Friday of the month.



Wooster and Piketon, OH

Contact:
/ 740-289-2071 /

 
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OEFFA

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 
41 Croswell Rd.
Columbus OH 43214

Phone: (614) 421-2022   Fax: (614) 421-2011